KOLKATA: A youth, suspected to be a mobile phone thief, was lynched at the men's hostel at the state-run NRS Medical College and Hospital on Sunday morning, allegedly by hostel boarders.
The youth, around 30 years old, was found on the balcony on the third floor of the hostel early on Sunday morning. The gruesome manner of the youth's death shocked even the police: his killers first tied his hands and legs so that he could not flee, and then attacked him bamboo sticks, kicks and punches. Some of them even slashed him on his private parts, said the cops.
Since outsiders are not allowed on the premises, the needle of suspicion swings to inmates — either junior doctors or MBBS students, said a cop.
The cops said that some labourers working on the hostel terrace had spotted the youth being beaten up, and had alerted the on-campus police outpost.
According to the labourers, around 12 inmates of the hostel dragged the youth into the third-floor common room. The youth's hands and legs were tied and his mouth ganged, so that he could not scream for help. In the common room, they started to beat him up, the cops said, quoting the labourers.
Once they suspected that the youth had died, they dragged him out of the common room and dumped him on the balcony.
"The man was lying there, heavily bleeding from the nose. The kind of wounds on his body bears the mark of inhuman torture. If the junior doctors or MBBS students were involved, it is really shocking," said a staff member of the hospital who lives on campus.
A police team took the youth to the emergency department of the hospital, about 100 metres away, but the doctors declared him brought dead.
Senior police officers, including the deputy commissioner (ESD), Dhrubajyoti De, visited the hospital and the crime scene.
"The police took the man from the men's hostel to the hospital emergency, where he was declared brought dead. An investigation has been started to find out what led to the death and also who were involved," De said.
The Entally police have detained two staff members of the hostel canteen for interrogation.
Women and child development minister Sashi Panja, who also heads the Rogi Kalyan Samity, has ordered an inquiry, seeking a report in 24 hours. Accordingly, the hospital authorities have constituted a seven-member committee headed by the principal, for the purpose. The committee is expected to submit its report on Monday.
Boarders at the hostel said they experienced several incidents of mobile theft in the past few weeks, and that they had even brought the matter to the notice of the principal.